We can’t end homelessness without knowing every person on our streets by name and learning what services, subsidies and supports will help them access and maintain permanent housing. Federal aggregate data is important to help us accurately identify the national scope of homelessness, but local organizations also need much more specific data to house their homeless neighbors quickly and efficiently.
This is how our street ministries operate, relationship ministry we call it!
We are elated to see the National Alliance promoting this especially at the time of the infamous Point in Time Counts going on at this time of year!
While we aren’t sure how our own CoC & CSAH are engaging the community for this count we do know that other communities have, like Atlanta, engaged their Hands on Atlanta organization to recruit some additional volunteers to do a more accurate count! Note: we have a Hands on Savannah too!
We have blogged in other posts about the count & doing more effective outreach to the homeless who are in tent cities & living on the streets in order to survey their vulnerability for housing prioritization!
Atlanta has also recently formally committed to be a 100,000 Homes Campaign City as it relates to broader & more effective outreach for counting & doing vulnerability assessments & in the linked press release presents their intentions to create a broader registry!
Atlanta Launches Homeless Registry | 100,000 Homes
So, now we do have communities even in Georgia formally aligning with the 100K Homes campaign outreach processes, so maybe it’s time for Savannah!
We look forward to ongoing discussions on our own Housing First Savannah efforts & how we can all come together to address all forms of homelessness with more effective housing solutions that do NOT require shelters to be involved at all!
There’s more to the story about short term shelter stays & streamlining of access to a broken housing solution.
We are talking specifically about the issue of sobriety vs recovery & working with our homeless on their long-term path to recovery vs forcing immediate sobriety & continued sobriety to remain in that housing that’s currently being offered (supported by HUD federal dollars on many cases)!
Please engage with our broader efforts to create a Savannah Area Interfaith Taskforce on Ending Homelessness (we’re on Facebook as a page & a group for those wanting to engage more deeply!)
Links to these efforts:
There’s also a Facebook page for Housing First Savannah!
- No we need innovation, radical change, not a bandaid: Homeless authority: Mend it, don’t end it | savannahnow.com (homelessnessinsavannah.wordpress.com)
- What Our Community Should Demand to Know about the Homeless Authority (CSAH) [being in disarray] & Homelessness in Savannah (housingfirstsavannah.wordpress.com)